Fishing Vessels Losses in WW2

King Erik Ladylove Leach's Romance
Leonora Little Express Loch Hope
Lord Haldane Lord Shrewsbury Lucida
Maisie

This page includes basic information about the ships and how they were lost, a photo of the relevant panel(s) of the Tower Hill Memorial and information about those that lost their lives extracted from the CWGC database. In the table I have included information about those who served on the ships but who had a normal burial as this seems appropriate to me. In some cases further family information about the individuals may be available on the CWGC website [7].

King Erik

She was a 228 grt steam trawler that was sunk on 6 September 1941 by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-141 at a position off Iceland.

There were no survivors

King Erik
King Erik

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George Aisthorpe 56 05/09/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 56
George Cyril Bond 25 05/09/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 25
Eddie Christopher Bowles 54 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 54
John Bradford Brewer 32 05/09/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 32
Francis Henry Davidson 40 05/09/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 40. Husband of Sarah Margaret Davidson of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
Frederick Durbin 33 05/09/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 33. Son of Edward and Edith Louise Durbin; husband of S. Durbin Hull.
James Garton 52 05/09/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 52. Husband of Ethel Garton of Hull.
John James Grundy 20 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 20. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Grundy of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Walter Austin Helme 18 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18. Son of Stephen William Helme and of Elsie May Helme of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Arthur Leach 44 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 44. Son of Thomas and Emmeline Leach; husband of Beatrice Leach of Hull.
William Matthew Lewis 38 05/09/1941 Fireman and Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 38. Son of William Matthew and Sophia Caroline Lewis; husband of Emily May Lewis of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Thomas Wall 28 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 28
William Arthur Watson 37 05/09/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 37. Son of Arthur and Margaret Watson; husband of Ivy Maud Watson of Fleetwood Lancashire.
George Wilkins 50 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 50. Husband of Betsy Wilkins of Hessle Hull.
Joseph Wroe 37 05/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 37. Husband of Ada Amelia Wroe of Hull.

Ladylove

She was a 230 grt steam trawler that was reporting missing on 30 August 1941. She may well have been sunk by German submarine U-202 that was in the area and reported sinking a trawler with a torpedo near Iceland.

There were no survivors

Ladylove

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Thomas Brunt 44 07/09/1941 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 44. Son of Thomas and Sarah Brunt; husband of Margaret Ann Brunt of Fleetwood Lancashire. His foster-son Walter Wright also fell.
Albert Chance 38 07/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 38. Son of William Walter and Alice Sophie Chance of Hessle Yorkshire.
John Dawson 44 07/09/1941 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 44. Son of William and Isabella Dawson; husband of Ethel May Dawson of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Alfred Cozier Fletcher 60 07/09/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 60. Husband of Adeline Fletcher. of Analby. Yorkshire.
Wilfred Thomas Liles 43 07/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 43
Jonathan Millns 43 07/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 43
John Thomas Mooney 33 07/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 33. Husband of Minnie Mooney of Hull.
Frederick Moss 42 07/09/1941 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 42
Norman Platt 45 07/09/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 45. Son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Platt; husband of Louisa Platt of Fleetwood Lancashire.
John Thomas Rossall 32 07/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 32. Son of John Thomas Rossall and Hester Rossall; husband of Gertrude Rossall of Blackpool Lancashire.
William Sharples 37 07/09/1941 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 37
Stanley Smith 19 07/09/1941 Fireman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 19. Son of Thomas Henry Smith and of Elizabeth Smith of Fleetwood Lancashire.
Thomas James Temple 38 07/09/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 38. Son of Thomas James Temple and of Laura Annie Temple of Lowestoft Suffolk.

Leach's Romance

She was a 44 grt fishing vessel of unknown propulsion. She sank on 29 July 1940 after hitting a mine at a position 10½ miles due South of Kemp Town.

Leach's Romance

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Edwin Alfred Crocker 51 29/07/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 51. Husband of R. R. D. Crocker of Cardiff.
William Robert Fisk 30 29/07/1940 Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 30. Son of Charles and Ada Fisk; husband of Hannah Fisk (nee Martin) of Lowestoft Suffolk.
George Arthur Hindes 43 29/07/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 43. Husband of Alice Janet Hindes of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Ernest Charles Howe 56 29/07/1940 Mate Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 56

Leonora

She was a 217 grt steam trawler that had been requisitioned by the Admiralty as an Auxiliary Patrol Vessel in 1939 and by 1941 had been transferred to the Air Ministry. She went missing after leaving Grimsby on 16 April 1940 and is thought to have sunk after hitting a mine.

There were no survivors

Leonora

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Walter Alexander Cook 62 24/04/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 62
Ernest William Martin Garrod 49 24/04/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 49. Husband of Beatrice Garrod of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
George Hallam 52 24/04/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 52. Husband of Nellie Hallam of Cleethorpes Lincolnshire.
John Joseph Holmes 56 24/04/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 56
Samuel Sidney Jackson 18 24/04/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18
Nevison Gibson Lorraine 40 24/04/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 40
Roger Alfred Newman 18 24/04/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 18. Son of Rodger Alfred Newman and of Ethel May Wales Newman of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Ernest Pullen Philpott 36 24/04/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 36
Charles Frederick Swallow 26 24/04/1940 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 126. Age 26

Little Express

She was a 9 grt fishing vessel that sank on 4 May 1942 after hitting a mine at a position ¾ mile South-East of West Pansand Buoy, Kentish Flats, Brixham.

Little Express

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Bernard Thomas Mussett 18 04/05/1942 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 18. Son of Walter and Edith Mussett of Tollesbury Essex.
Albert Potter 54 04/05/1942 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 54
Gordon Havelock Potter 26 04/05/1942 Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 26. Son of Albert and Clara Potter of Tollesbury Essex; husband of Frances Gwenyth Potter of Wivenhoe Essex.

Loch Hope

She was a 274 grt steam trawler that sank on 11 June 1947 off the East Coast of Iceland after a mine that had been trawled up exploded.

Loch Hope

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Arthur Cattle 23 11/06/1947 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 23. Son of George and Annie Cattle. of Hull.

Lord Haldane

She was a 91 grt steam trawler that left Milford Haven for the fishing grounds on 7 November 1940. She went missing and was reported lost on 12 November 1940. The cause of her loss is not known.

There were no survivors

Lord Haldane

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
George William Cuttie Buggs 52 07/11/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 52. Son of Arthur C. and Alice R. Buggs.
Frank William Catchpole 40 07/11/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 40. Son of George Hicham Catchpole and Beatrice Catchpole; husband of Jessie L. Catchpole of South Lowestoft Suffolk.
Maurice Leonard Hammond 44 07/11/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Husband of Lily Mary Hammond of Lowestoft Suffolk.
Henry George Minister-Philpot 38 07/11/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 38
Thomas Moore 53 07/11/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 53. Husband of Maud Mary Moore of Hakin Milford Haven Pembrokeshire.
George Emanuel Oldman 45 07/11/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 45. Husband of M. Oldman of Lowestoft Suffolk.
John William Prettyman 67 07/11/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 67
John Rowland Solomon 35 07/11/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 35
John Tansley Williams 58 07/11/1940 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 58. Husband of H. M. Williams of Lowestoft Suffolk.

Lord Shrewsbury

She was a 167 grt steam trawler that sank on 8 December 1941 after hitting a mine at the entrance to the River Humber.

Lord Shrewsbury

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
John Charles Elliot 32 08/12/1941 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 32
Henry Valentine Germaney 39 08/12/1941 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 39. Son of Henry and Florence Germaney; husband of E. E. Germaney of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Thomas Jobson 66 08/12/1941 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 66
William Judge 38 08/12/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 38. Son of William and Susan Judge.
Isaac Hepburn Noble 46 08/12/1941 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 46
Isaac John Noble 18 08/12/1941 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 18
Charles Henry Perritt 60 08/12/1941 Second Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 60. Husband of Rose Perritt of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
George Robertson 49 08/12/1941 First Engineman Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 49. Son of George and Bella Robertson; husband of A. Robertson of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Sidney Allan Rodgers 17 08/12/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 17. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rodgers of Grimsby Lincolnshire.
Leonard Sparkes 56 08/12/1941 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 56

Lucida

She was a 251 grt steam trawler that sank on 11 January 1940 after hitting a mine at position 55° 00' N, 00° 53' W.

Lucida

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
Leonard Austin 18 11/01/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 18. Son of Tom G. Austin and of Margaret Austin of Hull.
James Cullen 51 11/01/1940 Chief Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 51
James Arthur Downs 30 11/01/1940 Third Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 30. Son of Arthur Daniel and Elizabeth Downs; husband of Winifred May Downs of Hull.
George Morley 46 11/01/1940 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 46. Husband of Grace Maud Morley of Hull.
Leonard Nixon 20 11/01/1940 Trimmer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 20
Frederick Peacham 50 11/01/1940 Spare Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 50
John Alfred Pinchbeck 56 11/01/1940 Cook Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 56. Husband of Ethel Kate Pinchbeck of Hull.
Albert Edward Thundercliffe 38 11/01/1940 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 38
Harold Whitfield 54 11/01/1940 Second Engineer Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 54
William Widdowson 39 11/01/1940 Boatswain Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 39. Son of Alfred and Florence Widdowson.

Maisie

I have been unable to confirm the details but it seems likely that she was a 18 grt motor fishing vessel formerly named Jane's that was owned by H.Swanston of Eyemouth - the skipper presumably a relative of the owners. According to the CWGC database, the Date of Death of those lost was 21 September 1945 but I have been unable to discover any further information to date.

Maisie

Casualties

Forenames Surname & Honours Age D.O.D Rank Service Country Cemetery/
Memorial
Grave Ref. Addl. Information
William Collin 59 21/09/1945 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 59
Robert Collins Shearer 28 21/09/1945 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 28. Son of James Moffat Shearer and Lena Shearer; husband of Hilda Shearer.
Robert Dougal Swanston 44 21/09/1945 Skipper Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 44. Son of Hugh and Mary Dougal Swanston; husband of Margaret D. C. Swanston of Eyemouth Berwickshire.
Robert Thompson 43 21/09/1945 Deck Hand Fishing Fleet United Kingdom Tower Hill Memorial Panel 127. Age 43. Son of John and Elizabeth Young Thompson.

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